By Ron Cherry
Special to The Union
When Ken McCarthy got Lanny Netz from Lanmark Auto to take on the project of turning his ’31 Model A Sport Coupe into a street rod in 1998, he knew he had one of the best around on the job. Ken had bought the Model A in an estate sale about twelve years before and was ready to transform the tired and battered stock car into a cool and comfortable rod. But Ken wondered why Lanny kept calling the car “Mac.” When Ken asked, Lanny said it was “Model A Crud.” The car still had too much wood in the body for him. So Ken did all the wood work and helped Lanny with the rest, until it was reborn as a Viper Red cruiser. The taillights and rear license plate were “frenched,” or molded into the body. All the chrome, including the door handles, was “shaved,” or taken off and holes filled. With a ZZ4 GM crate engine that put out 355 HP driving a Ford nine-inch rear end through a Turbo 350 auto trans, the light-bodied car had plenty of get-up-and-go. Using a TCI independent front suspension with rack and pinion steering and front disc brakes made handing no problem, even without power steering. But everything else that could be power was made so, including brakes, windows, and door locks. With air conditioning, cruise control, tilt wheel, electric solenoid door-openers and an AM/FM/CD with big woofers, the coupe had every creature comfort you could want. And the late Dale Woods finished the job with plush upholstery. In a mere ten months it was on the road again, which is how long it often takes a rodder to just get the car apart. He and wife Barbara are very pleased with the result, taking it on cruises with fellow Roamin Angels and to car shows all over Northern California. And they have no problem calling the coupe “Mac.” Except to them it means “Model A Classy,” because they had it their way.
For more information about the Roamin Angels Car Club, go to http://www.roaminangels.com, call 432-8449 or write to Roamin Angels, PO Box 1616, Grass Valley, CA 95945For more information about the Roamin Angels Car Club, go to http://www.roaminangels.com, call 432-8449 or write to Roamin Angels, PO Box 1616, Grass Valley, CA 95945
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